Kevin Klein

Kevin Klein

Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood ward report

Kevin Klein is the city councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood.

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We must do better than this

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We must do better than this

Kevin Klein 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Given the dangerous state of our streets, which were riddled with potholes this past spring, there is no question that we must do a better job, not just on pothole repair, but on a host of issues affecting our city.

While it is easy to deflect blame to the weather, the wet spring, the lack of money in the roads budget, much of the problem stems from a workplace culture of resignation (giving up) on addressing the most basic of issues.

Over successive terms, we — the city council, the administration and, to some extent, the public — have become willing to accept low standards, poor quality, and snail-pace slowness as the norm. But it is time for a reset — to raise the bar, to return to being a healthy and vibrant city.

It’s not acceptable for residents to be living in bus shelters or for transit riders to feel unsafe taking the bus (with over 1,700 safety incidents reported to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service in the past year).

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Given the dangerous state of our streets, which were riddled with potholes this past spring, there is no question that we must do a better job, not just on pothole repair, but on a host of issues affecting our city.

While it is easy to deflect blame to the weather, the wet spring, the lack of money in the roads budget, much of the problem stems from a workplace culture of resignation (giving up) on addressing the most basic of issues.

Over successive terms, we — the city council, the administration and, to some extent, the public — have become willing to accept low standards, poor quality, and snail-pace slowness as the norm. But it is time for a reset — to raise the bar, to return to being a healthy and vibrant city.

It’s not acceptable for residents to be living in bus shelters or for transit riders to feel unsafe taking the bus (with over 1,700 safety incidents reported to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service in the past year).

Student scholarship returns in 2022

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Student scholarship returns in 2022

Kevin Klein 1 minute read Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Councillor Kevin Klein is pleased to announce the return of the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood Student Community Leadership award.

The award will again recognize and support students who have exhibited leadership skills to make our community better.

Grade 12 students throughout Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“Young people are the future of our city, and I want to encourage them to become involved in our community in deciding our future and their children’s future,” Klein said.

Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Councillor Kevin Klein is pleased to announce the return of the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood Student Community Leadership award.

The award will again recognize and support students who have exhibited leadership skills to make our community better.

Grade 12 students throughout Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“Young people are the future of our city, and I want to encourage them to become involved in our community in deciding our future and their children’s future,” Klein said.

It’s time to drill down into city spending

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It’s time to drill down into city spending

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

Well, here we go again, more allegations of financial mismanagement at the City of Winnipeg, this time in the public works department and specifically within the traffic signal branch.

Allegations suggest the city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, on make-work projects with no paper trail, inventory, or proper procedures.

You and I both know this is not an isolated issue in just one small department. It is a systemic problem throughout the city. Remember the inspector issue?

I must ask, how often do we have to learn about allegations of financial mismanagement in the media? It is embarrassing to elected officials. We are hired to be good stewards and ensure taxpayers money is not wasted. We are failing.

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

Allegations that traffic signal infrastructure projects were mismanaged and potentially wasted millions of taxpayer dollars made headlines in recent days and weeks.

Blumberg deal is yard-sale economics

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Blumberg deal is yard-sale economics

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

There are many questions surrounding the purpose of selling John Blumberg Golf Course, which is why I moved at the Jan. 17 meeting of the property and development, heritage, and downtown development committee to oppose the City of Winnipeg’s proposed sale of the golf course.

I’m pleased that the motion passed three to one, with support from councillors Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre) and Janice Lukes (Waverley West). However, two-thirds of council must support the recommendation for the decision to be final.

(I feel it’s important to pull the curtain back on my decision and provide you some details on plans for the land made public by the R.M. of Headingley. They are available on my personal website at www.kevinklein.ca)

It would appear there is a sense of desperation for this sale and many other taxpayer-owned assets. Why? It is because of a series of bad budget decisions? Are we now in a position where we are forced to accept a bad deal out desperation for money?

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

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Winnipeg city council will determine the fate of John Blumberg Golf Course on Jan. 27.

All the best of the season to you

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All the best of the season to you

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

I hope this will find you and your loved ones in good health. I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your support and encouragement over the last year. I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to serve as your elected official.

Thank you for your trust and faith to everyone who cast a vote for me. I remain committed to serving my community and city to the best of my ability.

Thank you for your caring and understanding as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of COVID. I would ask that we all have an extra measure of understanding for those who may have uncharacteristically expressed frustration or anger towards others at times. It’s stressful and frightening for many of us.

To frontline workers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, everyone, thank you for what you’re doing to help. I can’t imagine the difficulty provincial Public Health officials face every day. I often think of the famous speech from Any Given Sunday:

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

I hope this will find you and your loved ones in good health. I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your support and encouragement over the last year. I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to serve as your elected official.

Thank you for your trust and faith to everyone who cast a vote for me. I remain committed to serving my community and city to the best of my ability.

Thank you for your caring and understanding as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of COVID. I would ask that we all have an extra measure of understanding for those who may have uncharacteristically expressed frustration or anger towards others at times. It’s stressful and frightening for many of us.

To frontline workers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, everyone, thank you for what you’re doing to help. I can’t imagine the difficulty provincial Public Health officials face every day. I often think of the famous speech from Any Given Sunday:

City adopts bird-friendly building standard

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City adopts bird-friendly building standard

Kevin Klein 2 minute read Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Many of you have probably experienced a bird striking your window at some point in your lives. Downtown, birds face a much bigger threat, as during the day they are unable to discern that clear or reflective glass is solid and at night they effectively become trapped by walls of light.

This risk also becomes much higher during bird migration periods. Mirrored glass is particularly dangerous for birds and illuminated buildings at night can also unintentionally attract night-migrating birds.

Canada is home to over 600 species of birds and these populations are considered to be increasingly threatened. Approximately 25 million birds are killed in Canada every year due to collisions with glass. Building design plays a key role in many, if not most of these deaths. Many major cities across Canada are already taking steps to reduce the risks by adopting the national bird-friendly building design standard established by the Canadian Standards Association.

The guideline provides a collection of urban design-based strategies for the creation of bird-friendly developments, buildings, and structures. It also offers suggestions for bird-friendly building operations which align with accepted sustainable design objectives.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

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Winnipeg city council recently passed a motion calling for buildings to adhere to the CSA’s bird-friendly building design standard

City adopts bird-friendly building standard

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City adopts bird-friendly building standard

Kevin Klein 2 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Many of you have probably experienced a bird striking your window at some point in your lives.

Downtown, birds face a much bigger threat, as during the day they are unable to discern that clear or reflective glass is solid and at night they effectively become trapped by walls of light.

This risk also becomes much higher during bird migration periods. Mirrored glass is particularly dangerous for birds and illuminated buildings at night can also unintentionally attract night-migrating birds.

Canada is home to over 600 species of birds and these populations are considered to be increasingly threatened. Approximately 25 million birds are killed in Canada every year due to collisions with glass.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

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Winnipeg city council recently passed a motion calling for buildings to adhere to the CSA’s bird-friendly building design standard

Why and how did we lose the Starlight deal?

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Why and how did we lose the Starlight deal?

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

I am highly disappointed with the City of Winnipeg’s current administration over the loss of Starlight Investments proposed redevelopment of Portage Place.

The sale of the mall would have created a modern, mixed-income community and shopping area.

The circumstances of how Starlight decided to walk away are a source of speculation and concern. How can the City of Winnipeg sit back and watch a half a billion-dollar investment in our downtown walk away?

And why did the administration wait for 20 days to inform city council after the investment company asked for its deposit back?

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

I am highly disappointed with the City of Winnipeg’s current administration over the loss of Starlight Investments proposed redevelopment of Portage Place.

The sale of the mall would have created a modern, mixed-income community and shopping area.

The circumstances of how Starlight decided to walk away are a source of speculation and concern. How can the City of Winnipeg sit back and watch a half a billion-dollar investment in our downtown walk away?

And why did the administration wait for 20 days to inform city council after the investment company asked for its deposit back?

Why and how did we lose the Starlight deal?

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Why and how did we lose the Starlight deal?

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

I am highly disappointed with the City of Winnipeg’s current administration over the loss of Starlight Investments proposed redevelopment of Portage Place.

The sale of the mall would have created a modern, mixed-income community and shopping area. The circumstances of how Starlight decided to walk away are a source of speculation and concern.

How can the City of Winnipeg sit back and watch a half a billion-dollar investment in our downtown walk away? And why did the administration wait for 20 days to inform city council after the investment company asked for its deposit back?

The mall has been for sale for quite some time and nobody had even made an offer until Starlight expressed interest.

Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

I am highly disappointed with the City of Winnipeg’s current administration over the loss of Starlight Investments proposed redevelopment of Portage Place.

The sale of the mall would have created a modern, mixed-income community and shopping area. The circumstances of how Starlight decided to walk away are a source of speculation and concern.

How can the City of Winnipeg sit back and watch a half a billion-dollar investment in our downtown walk away? And why did the administration wait for 20 days to inform city council after the investment company asked for its deposit back?

The mall has been for sale for quite some time and nobody had even made an offer until Starlight expressed interest.

When will politicians budget like real people?

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When will politicians budget like real people?

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

Are you shocked about how governments spend our money? Why does the city pay $3 for something that would cost you and me $1? Why can’t the city take care of our parks and boulevards?

We pay for all that. We shouldn’t have to pay more each year and always get less in return.There are so many political claims of perfection and grandstanding but no discussion or evidence of the facts. We have another budget before us, and I’m sure you can predict what will be said by the savvy career politicians. Things like:• “This budget isn’t perfect, but it’s the best we can do.; • “Record spending on public safety;”• “No water and sewer rate increase in the budget.”

Is that true? No, this council approved four years of rate increases outside the budget. It’s a half-truth, political mumbo-jumbo, nothing but spin.

Look back in time. List all the promises and check off those achieved. There will be a big difference between the two lists.

Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

Are you shocked about how governments spend our money? Why does the city pay $3 for something that would cost you and me $1? Why can’t the city take care of our parks and boulevards?

We pay for all that. We shouldn’t have to pay more each year and always get less in return.There are so many political claims of perfection and grandstanding but no discussion or evidence of the facts. We have another budget before us, and I’m sure you can predict what will be said by the savvy career politicians. Things like:• “This budget isn’t perfect, but it’s the best we can do.; • “Record spending on public safety;”• “No water and sewer rate increase in the budget.”

Is that true? No, this council approved four years of rate increases outside the budget. It’s a half-truth, political mumbo-jumbo, nothing but spin.

Look back in time. List all the promises and check off those achieved. There will be a big difference between the two lists.

Greenspace improvements this summer

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Greenspace improvements this summer

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Friday, Jun. 25, 2021

I have been speaking to many residents during my time as your representative and know how important green space is, so work has been planned, and in some cases started, to improve our many parks and green spaces in the communities of Charleswood–Tuxedo–Westwood.

You will notice new pickleball courts, playground upgrades, tree planting and new signage in many areas of our ward.

The following projects are planned for this spring and summer to provide some improvements to a park or green space near you:

• Kirkfield Westwood tennis court - The tennis court will be converted into two pickleball courts including asphalt and plexi-pave, new fencing, nets and a backless bench.

Friday, Jun. 25, 2021

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Upgrades and improvements are being made to several public gathering spaces, parks and playgrounds in the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood ward this summer.

Transit Master Plan fails to move us forward

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Transit Master Plan fails to move us forward

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

Why did I oppose the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan as it was presented?

Well, there are some significant financial questions not being answered. For example, the plan suggests building a pedestrian bridge which would only cost $15 million, which we know is not possible. The total investment is between $1 and $1.6 billion. Approval of this plan would max out the city’s credit ceiling. These are risks that I must consider, and there are more.

Here is a brief look at what the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan included: Bus radios; garage replacement; design studies for rapid transit routes; pedestrian bridges with varying costs; network infrastructure; and some electrification.

The plan calls for no additional buses. Even with the same city footprint (which we all know is growing) how can you have improved service and frequency without increasing buses? Page 82 of the plan states that in 25 years, the city will only have 13 more buses than it has today.

Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

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A passenger gets on to a Winnipeg Transit bus on Graham Avenue. Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) writes that the recently announced Transit Master Plan is flawed.

Transit Master Plan fails to move us forward

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Transit Master Plan fails to move us forward

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

Why did I oppose the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan as it was presented?

Well, there are some significant financial questions not being answered. For example, the plan suggests building a pedestrian bridge which would only cost $15 million, which we know is not possible. The total investment is between $1 and $1.6 billion. Approval of this plan would max out the city’s credit ceiling. These are risks that I must consider, and there are more. Here is a brief look at what the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan included: Bus radios; garage replacement; design studies for rapid transit routes; pedestrian bridges with varying costs; network infrastructure; and some electrification.

The plan calls for no additional buses. Even with the same city footprint (which we all know is growing) how can you have improved service and frequency without increasing buses? Page 82 of the plan states that in 25 years, the city will only have 13 more buses than it has today. You may not have known that the mayor and his executive policy committee councillors supported a reduction of 68 bus replacements in the March 2020 multi-year budget

The Transit Master Plan is sold as a much-needed big plan but it seems no more thana showpiece. I don’t believe it is addressing some of the real issues  - only funnelling money to consultants and contractors.

Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

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A passenger gets on to a Winnipeg Transit bus on Graham Avenue. Coun. Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) writes that the recently announced Transit Master Plan is flawed.

100 years of women on Winnipeg city council

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100 years of women on Winnipeg city council

Kevin Klein 2 minute read Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

In March, we marked International Women’s Day and challenged ourselves to achieving an equal future.

In many ways, the global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps that we need to close together as quickly as possible. As we see the ways in which COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women economically, we should realize how important it is to take intentional actions supporting women. Appropriately, this year the United Nations declared the theme for International Women’s Day to be Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

I’d like to recognize and thank the women who have been elected to public office and are leading in government at all levels, as well as the many female community leaders committed to making a difference. 

On March 8, a City Hall display celebrating a century of women in Winnipeg civic government was unveiled. This project was led by Coun. Devi Sharma  (Old Kildonan), who is also the speaker of city council, and I appreciate her taking the time to put together this important initiative. History highlights the growth we’ve made in increasing representation and diversity, but we are far behind where we should be.

Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

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A display celebrating a century of women in Winnipeg civic government was unveiled March 8 at Winnipeg City Hall. Pictured (from left) are: Coun. Vivian Santos (Point Douglas); Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan); Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West); and Coun. Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre).

100 years of women on Winnipeg city council

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100 years of women on Winnipeg city council

Kevin Klein 2 minute read Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

In March, we marked International Women’s Day and challenged ourselves to achieving an equal future.

In many ways, the global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps that we need to close together as quickly as possible. As we see the ways in which COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women economically, we should realize how important it is to take intentional actions supporting women. Appropriately, this year the United Nations declared the theme for International Women’s Day to be Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

I’d like to recognize and thank the women who have been elected to public office and are leading in government at all levels, as well as the many women community leaders committed to making a difference.  

On March 8, a City Hall display celebrating a century of women in Winnipeg civic government was unveiled. This project was led by Coun. Devi Sharma  (Old Kildonan), who is also the speaker of city council, and I appreciate her taking the time to put together this important initiative. History highlights the growth we’ve made in increasing representation and diversity, but we are far behind where we should be.

Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

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A display celebrating a century of women in Winnipeg civic government was unveiled March 8 at Winnipeg City Hall. Pictured (from left) are: Coun. Vivian Santos (Point Douglas); Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan); Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West); and Coun. Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre).

Questionable decisions at city hall

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Questionable decisions at city hall

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

Not everything that happens at city hall can be reported in the various media outlets. I want to share the real stories behind decisions made over the last month that impact your city.

People criticize me on social media and try to paint me as always disagreeing, and that’s fine. However, I am committed to being open, and I will continue to inform you of issues I believe you need to know.

Let’s look at some decisions in the last month made at city hall that didn’t make headlines:

• City council approved a 10 per cent raise for a contract position. Some councillors argued that it was necessary because this position doesn’t receive regular pay increases. However, the documentation provided to each of us for decision making indicated the position received a five per cent increase in 2020.

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

Not everything that happens at city hall can be reported in the various media outlets. I want to share the real stories behind decisions made over the last month that impact your city.

People criticize me on social media and try to paint me as always disagreeing, and that’s fine. However, I am committed to being open, and I will continue to inform you of issues I believe you need to know.

Let’s look at some decisions in the last month made at city hall that didn’t make headlines:

• City council approved a 10 per cent raise for a contract position. Some councillors argued that it was necessary because this position doesn’t receive regular pay increases. However, the documentation provided to each of us for decision making indicated the position received a five per cent increase in 2020.

An apology and a call for change

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An apology and a call for change

Kevin Klein 2 minute read Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Many residents have contacted my office to share their frustration, anger, and disappointment regarding some City of Winnipeg health facilities being open to staff during COVID-19 restrictions. I understand and fully respect their frustration, anger, and disappointment.

To be clear, I do not have a membership to these facilities and was not aware the gym located next to City Hall was open. Unfortunately, I am not surprised by this blatant disregard for taxpayers.

I want to take a moment and do something that city council should have done previously and that’s apologize to small business owners, gym owners, and residents for our blatant disregard for what is right.

The truth is, we have nobody and no other level of government to blame but ourselves, your elected officials.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Many residents have contacted my office to share their frustration, anger, and disappointment regarding some City of Winnipeg health facilities being open to staff during COVID-19 restrictions. I understand and fully respect their frustration, anger, and disappointment.

To be clear, I do not have a membership to these facilities and was not aware the gym located next to City Hall was open. Unfortunately, I am not surprised by this blatant disregard for taxpayers.

I want to take a moment and do something that city council should have done previously and that’s apologize to small business owners, gym owners, and residents for our blatant disregard for what is right.

The truth is, we have nobody and no other level of government to blame but ourselves, your elected officials.

All the best of the season to you and yours

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All the best of the season to you and yours

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Heather and I hope that this will find you and your loved ones in good health. We want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude for your support and encouragement over the last year. I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to serve as your elected official.

To everyone who cast a vote for me, thank you for your trust and faith. I remain committed to serving my community and city to the best of my ability.

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for caring and understanding as we all navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19. I want to say to those who may have uncharacteristically expressed frustration or anger towards others at times that you’re forgiven. It’s stressful and frightening for many of us.

To frontline workers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, everyone, thank you for what you’re doing to help. I can’t imagine the difficulty provincial public health officials face every day.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Heather and I hope that this will find you and your loved ones in good health. We want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude for your support and encouragement over the last year. I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to serve as your elected official.

To everyone who cast a vote for me, thank you for your trust and faith. I remain committed to serving my community and city to the best of my ability.

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for caring and understanding as we all navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19. I want to say to those who may have uncharacteristically expressed frustration or anger towards others at times that you’re forgiven. It’s stressful and frightening for many of us.

To frontline workers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, everyone, thank you for what you’re doing to help. I can’t imagine the difficulty provincial public health officials face every day.

Supporting many community projects

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Supporting many community projects

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

One of the many honours bestowed upon a city councillor is the opportunity to support community programs and initiatives through three different grant processes.

During September and October, on behalf of the residents of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, we awarded several grants:

• The Charleswood United Church provides over 1,000 Christmas hampers to families in our community. The hamper program is possible because of volunteers’ and donations from community members. Our ward is providing $1,200 towards the purchase of turkeys for the 2020 hampers.

• The Tuxedo Resource Centre supports many families in our community when they need it most. This year, our ward provided $500 in funding to purchase school supplies and emergency healthy food packages for our community students.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

One of the many honours bestowed upon a city councillor is the opportunity to support community programs and initiatives through three different grant processes.

During September and October, on behalf of the residents of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, we awarded several grants:

• The Charleswood United Church provides over 1,000 Christmas hampers to families in our community. The hamper program is possible because of volunteers’ and donations from community members. Our ward is providing $1,200 towards the purchase of turkeys for the 2020 hampers.

• The Tuxedo Resource Centre supports many families in our community when they need it most. This year, our ward provided $500 in funding to purchase school supplies and emergency healthy food packages for our community students.

Happy to support many community projects

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Happy to support many community projects

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

One of the many honours bestowed upon a city councillor is the opportunity to support community programs and initiatives through three different grant processes.

During September and October, on behalf of the residents of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, we awarded several grants:

• The Charleswood United Church provides over 1,000 Christmas hampers to families in our community. The hamper program is possible because of volunteers’ and donations from community members. Our ward is providing $1,200 towards the purchase of Turkey’s for the 2020 hampers.

• The Tuxedo Resource Centre supports many families in our community when they need it most. This year, our ward provided $500 in funding to purchase school supplies and emergency healthy food packages for our community students.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

One of the many honours bestowed upon a city councillor is the opportunity to support community programs and initiatives through three different grant processes.

During September and October, on behalf of the residents of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, we awarded several grants:

• The Charleswood United Church provides over 1,000 Christmas hampers to families in our community. The hamper program is possible because of volunteers’ and donations from community members. Our ward is providing $1,200 towards the purchase of Turkey’s for the 2020 hampers.

• The Tuxedo Resource Centre supports many families in our community when they need it most. This year, our ward provided $500 in funding to purchase school supplies and emergency healthy food packages for our community students.

Happy to improve and support our parks

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Happy to improve and support our parks

By Kevin Klein 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

A commitment I made during the civic election campaign two years ago was to ensure we allocated ward allowances to improve and enhance our community parks.

I’m very proud that with the help of residents and our team at the City of Winnipeg Parks, we have completed several park upgrades in 2020 and have allocated over $250,000 through various project grants and programs.

Park upgrades completed this summer include:

• Bannatyne Grove, which received a new basketball hoop centred on the pad and had lines painted;

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

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Bedson Park inWestwood received over $100,000 of new playground equipment this year, with more coming in 2021.

Honouring our young leaders

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Honouring our young leaders

By Kevin Klein 1 minute read Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

Young people are our future. We will turn to them to take care of us, and work to make our city a better place for all. That’s why I believe it is extremely important to support and acknowledge the young leaders in our community.

Each year I have the honour, on behalf of the residents of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, to award young women and men a leadershipgrant.

This year we recognized the following students for outstanding community service and leadership:

• Ashton Olin of Oak Park High School;

Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

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Anthony Kozak of St. Paul’s High School was one of the deserving students who earned a leadership grant from Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood councillor Kevin Klein.

Riverbank cleanup a success

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Riverbank cleanup a success

Kevin Klein 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 12, 2020

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us in our community riverbank cleanup on Fri., May 1.

After a phone call from a resident on Tuesday, we were able to organize this clean-up up in just three days with help from the community and our new ward liaison, Imran.

A special thank you goes to the manager of Brady Road Resource Management facility, who wasted no time in helping our group by waiving the dumping fees. He even offered to come help when his shift was over.

A City of Winnipeg crew came to help collect larger items, and Charleswood resident Kevin McConnell, who owns McConnell Electric, called the owner of Hart Roofing to borrow their large trailer so he could pick up over 50 bags of garbage, along with some of the most interesting items found that day. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the people who supported us by honking their horns as they drove by.

Tuesday, May. 12, 2020

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Area residents gathered on May 1 to help clean up the local riverbank and along the Perimeter Highway.

Riverbank cleanup a success

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Riverbank cleanup a success

By Kevin Klein 3 minute read Monday, May. 11, 2020

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us in our community riverbank cleanup on Fri.,  May 1.

After a phone call from a resident on Tuesday, we were able to organize this clean-up up in just three days with help from the community and our new ward liaison, Imran.

A special thank you goes to the manager of Brady Road Resource Management facility, who wasted no time in helping our group by waiving the dumping fees. He even offered to come help when his shift was over.

A City of Winnipeg crew came to help collect larger items, and Charleswood resident Kevin McConnell, who owns McConnell Electric, called the owner of Hart Roofing to borrow their large trailer so he could pick up over 50 bags of garbage, along with some of the most interesting items found that day. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the people who supported us by honking their horns as they drove by.

Monday, May. 11, 2020

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Area residents gathered on May 1 to help clean up the local riverbank and along the Perimeter Highway.